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US OK: Tulsa Firm Wants To Sell Marijuana E-Cigarettes

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 10 Nov 2014 - (AP) - As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado.

US IL: Medical Marijuana Decisions Kept Secret

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov 2014 - Rauner, Others Support a More Open Process for License Application Since they won the Super Bowl, members of the 1985 Chicago Bears have made second careers out of promoting apple-pie products like McDonald's, Coca-Cola and G.I. Joe. Now, they can add a more countercultural item to the menu: medical marijuana.

US WA: Banks' Wariness Hobbles Pot Business

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
The Herald, 10 Nov 2014 - Ambiguous Federal and State Laws Are Making New Marijuana Retailers' Work Inefficient and Inconvenient. LAKE STEVENS - Reed Evans called several banks looking to open an account for Cannablyss, his family's recreational marijuana business and the only pot retail store in Lake Stevens.

US FL: What Now for Medical-Pot Users Who Revealed Their

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 10 Nov 2014 - Gail Seltzer fits no one's stereotype of a pothead. She's an accountant who lives in an immaculate home and boasts a clean criminal record. She finds the pungent aroma of weed offputting. But after a statewide vote on medical marijuana fell short Tuesday, Seltzer decided to reveal a touchy secret: The 54-year-old eats berry-shaped cannabis candies to treat symptoms of a sometimes-debilitating immune disorder.

US CA: Drug-Sniffing Dogs May Be Brought Back

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov 2014 - LA Canada High Asks That the District Resume the Practice, Halted in 2010. Officials are considering bringing back drug-sniffing dogs to La Canada High School, four years after they were removed amid concerns over students' rights.

US FL: Editorial: Defeat of Amendment 2: Marijuana Debate Not Over

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
The Ledger, 08 Nov 2014 - Amendment 2, Florida's A-proposed medical A-marijuana measure, failed on Election Day. And deservedly so. The state constitutional change advocated by A-Orlando lawyer John Morgan, and largely financed with $6.5 million out of Morgan's own wallet, was fraught with more holes than a fish net.

Canada: Column: Stop Playing Politics With Teens' Brains. Legalize

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Nov 2014 - Tobacco is addictive, dangerous and responsible for thousands of deaths in Canada each year. Imagine if the federal government tried to deal with that massive threat by making tobacco illegal and throwing anyone caught with a cigarette in jail. Would that put a stop to smoking? Or simply drive it underground and tie up valuable resources trying to enforce a ban destined to fail?

US: Support For Legal Pot Down Off Its High

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Home, 08 Nov 2014 - Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau. A majority, 51 percent, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll. That's about where support has been since 2011, but a drop from the 58 percent who told Gallup last year they supported legalization. Last year's poll came just after Colorado and Oregon had voted to allow marijuana to be sold in stores and were in the process of setting up the market.

US: Will Marijuana Industry Also Grow Jobs?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
The Bulletin, 09 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON - Bruce Nassau made his first fortune in the cable television industry in Colorado. Now he sees opportunity in legal marijuana. He and his partners have four shops with about 75 employees that serve recreational and medical users, with a fifth for retail opening last week. He expects to have about 90 workers total by January.

US DC: Column: Marijuana May Be Legal, But It's Lame

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 09 Nov 2014 - The Post's Justin Moyer Says Pot Has Gone From Rebellious to Tedious This past week, D.C. advanced America's 21stcentury war on its 20th-century war on drugs. Now that marijuana is somewhat legal, the city's African American residents are less likely to be disproportionately arrested for a victimless crime. If the cannabis industry stays out of town, D.C. Council members, who should spend time fixing the city's public schools, won't be preoccupied with regulating a substance arguably less harmful than alcohol. And police officers who should be chasing bank robbers and murderers will no longer bust college students carrying dime bags.

US FL: Column: Take Moral, Not Political Road on Medical Pot

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 09 Nov 2014 - Florida voters denied - barely - a political imperative to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana by folks with debilitating illnesses. It falls upon the Florida lawmakers to follow a moral imperative to pass medical marijuana legislation and give relief to thousands of Floridians suffering from horrible ailments. This is reason enough to move quickly, but faith in this Legislature on this issue is hard to come by.

US FL: Medical Marijuana: On The Ballot Again In 2016?

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 09 Nov 2014 - Maybe the second time's the charm. After the defeat of Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative his money largely got on the ballot, Orlando attorney John Morgan is already looking toward 2016.

US OR: Cops: Marijuana Laws Still On The Books

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Albany Democrat-Herald, 09 Nov 2014 - Want to be a midnight toker? Better wait till next summer, because anyone caught with recreational marijuana before then can expect to get busted as usual. That's the word from Oregon State Police, the Corvallis Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office, all of which say they'll enforce existing marijuana laws until Oregon's new law allowing recreational marijuana use takes effect July 1, 2015.

US MA: Walsh Wants Tough Pot Regs

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 09 Nov 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has long opposed marijuana dispensaries, told the Herald yesterday that he's hopeful there will be "tight regulations" on a pot shop that now is one step closer to opening in Boston's Financial District. "I mean, it's the law. We're going to live with the law," Walsh said. "I didn't support it in the beginning; I just thought it was too open-ended. But in saying that, it's the law today, and everything can be worked out."

Guyana: Column: DC Marijuana Vote Will Test 'War On Drugs'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Stabroek News, 09 Nov 2014 - Here's the biggest irony of Tuesday's mid-term elections: the US government will continue demanding that Mexico, Colombia and other countries fight the marijuana trade as part of its "war on drugs," while Washington voters have just approved making pot legal in the US capital. Under an initiative passed by DC voters in Tuesday's elections, residents aged over 21 will be able to possess two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational consumption outside federal lands, pending congressional approval of the measure.

CN ON: Sick Kids Stands Behind Discarded Drug-Test Method

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 08 Nov 2014 - Hair Analysis Technique No Longer Used but Questions Linger After Reversal of Cocaine Convictions The Hospital for Sick Children is defending the reliability of the hair-strand tests performed by the Motherisk program as calls are mounting for government to review the laboratory's analysis, which has had bearing on possibly thousands of child protection cases.

US MA: State Approves Boston's First Medical Marijuana

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 08 Nov 2014 - State health officials on Friday approved a highly coveted license for Boston's first medical marijuana dispensary, selecting Patriot Care Corp. to operate a facility near Downtown Crossing. The company, which was already provisionally approved to open a dispensary in Lowell, also won permission Friday for a location in Greenfield, making it the only company positioned to run three dispensaries in Massachusetts.

US MI: City Votes To Decriminalize Pot

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Morning Sun, 07 Nov 2014 - Mt. Pleasant residents have overwhelmingly voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. With a vote of 62-percent to 38-percent, the mid-Michigan city residents voted Tuesday to amend the city ordinance so that nothing in the city's code would apply to the use, possession or transfer of "small amounts" of marijuana on private property by those 21 and over.

US MA: Editorial: Pot Pushers Say 'Legalize'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 07 Nov 2014 - The pro-pot army is on the march. Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia on Tuesday voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (Colorado and Washington have already done so). Here in Massachusetts voters in eight House districts approved nonbinding ballot questions that instruct their state reps to support similar legislation here. Meanwhile, the group that backed the successful legalization measure in Alaska and was behind the earlier Colorado law is eyeing Massachusetts in 2016 for a statewide legalization initiative. The Marijuana Policy Project says it hopes to build on "steadily increasing public support" in Massachusetts to make pot legal and allow the state to regulate it like alcohol.

US NM: Next Steps for Pot Law, Mental Health Tax in Question

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Nov 2014 - Results Are Not Binding, and It's Unclear If They Will Turn into Government Action Both advisory questions on the Bernalillo County ballot - marijuana decriminalization and a mental health tax - won big at the polls this week.